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irish stand on history's doorstep thanks in part to senior captain and linebacker, manti te'o, the emotional core of the team. earlier this season he lost his grandmother and then hours later learned his girlfriend had died of leukemia. yet he persevered through it all. >> manti's the heart and soul of this team. >> reporter: for te'o, this game is now everything. >> the past three years that i've sat in my living room and watched that game, i texted one of my teammates, i do not wanna be sitting in this living room watching this game. >> reporter: on the other side of the field, alabama quarterback a.j. mccarron, who's not just playing for his team, but a little girl who he met while she was undergoing treatment for leukemia a little over a year ago. she gave him a bright yellow bracelet, invibed with the words "just trust." he will be wearing it on the field tomorrow. >> i never take it off. i'm always thinking about her. she's a special girl. >> reporter: and she will be one of an estimated 30 million people watching the game tomorrow. so much emotion. so much drama and s
: the fighting irish stand on history's doorstep thanks in part to senior captain and linebacker manti te'o, the emotional core of the team. earlier this season he lost his grandmother and hours later learned his girlfriend died of leukemia and yet persevered. >> last three years, i sat in my living room, watching the game. i do not want to sit in the living room watching this game. >> reporter: on the other side of the field, a.j. mccaren not just playing for his team but a little girl undergoing treatment for leukemia a little over a year ago. she gave him a bright yellow bracelet inscribed with the words, just trust. he will be wearing it on the field. >> i never take it off. i will always think about her. she is a special girl. >> reporter: so much emotion, so much drama, and so much at stake. josh elliott, abc news, miami. >> and you can watch notre dame take on alabama tonight on espn, 8:00 eastern time. you certainly know which team you will be rooting for. >> go irish! had to get that out! yes! had to get that out! >> whoa, look at that. whoa, sunny. >> i had to get that out. >> w
for the bcs championship game there are so many great stories with each team. with notre dame, manti te'o, who is the leader, not only on the field, but off the field for notre dame and the notre dame defense. he's the most decorated defensive player in the history of college football. heisman trophy runner up, and he told us it was really great bringing his parents in from hawaii so they could be a part of all of the celebration in new york. >> for me to be able to go around on the circuits and see my parents and see my dad take pictures of food in new york and us driving around new york, i'm, like, dad, we complain about the tourists in hawaii and them driving ten miles per hour on the highway. and what are you doing? it is just water. just coconut trees and you're taking pictures of lasagna. for me, that's the joy. i think that's what life is all about. >> so you have manti te'o from notre dame and then a.j. mccarron, the inspirational leader of the crimson tide, a quarterback for the crimson tide. he met a girl named starla about a year ago. and starla chapman was a 3-year-old in an intens
we can stay with all the love. >> manti tayo, he's electric. he jumps off the screen at you. he's the epicenter of that defense. he's the heartbeat. he's the mind, the soul, the spirit. he's the all everything of that notre dame team. as he goes, the team goes. what a great story. we know about the adversity he's been through. he lost his grandmother, then his girlfriend passed away and he just continued to be someone to -- praise worthy. praise worthy with his play, his leadership. it will be fun watching him succeed tonight and in many years in the nfl. >> absolutely. you want to see him win. all right. so the odds are not in our favor. the vegas odds favor alabama by about 9.5 points. how about a prediction? >> well, it's good that you and i probably aren't betting people, right? >> i don't know. we may be. off the air i may send you an e-mail. what's your prediction? do you have a score for me? you did last week. >> this is going to be a team of defenses. i'm thinking low-scoring game. not too high scoring. i'll go with 21-20 the irish of notre dame. >> all right. loving tha
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